My parents are taking us camping. We always have to buy those expensive fire starter logs. I had the idea to save our dryer lint and stuff it inside our empty toilet paper rolls. It's free and you never run out of it. It is very easy to catch on fire. We've tried it before and it lights up like a torch.
Good money saving idea.
Two things we have an abundance of at our house: junk mail and dryer lint. I stuff the return envelopes from the junk mail with the dryer lint and seal it. When we use the fireplace, we put the wood on top of the envelope and light it. The paper catches right away and the dryer lint burns long enough to catch the wood. :)
This is a fabulous idea! I love using things that would otherwise be completely worthless. Excellent use of these things! My daughter brought a bunch of lint stuffed toilet paper tubes when we went camping, also works well. Thumbs up!:)
While wax is melting, fill paper cups with sawdust. At this time, if essential oil is being used, add one drop into each cup of sawdust.
Pour melted wax in paper cups, just enough to cover the sawdust. Use a spoon to push down floating sawdust if you wish. You can fill wax to top, but I prefer more sawdust. Allow to cool and harden. Package as you like: ribbons, basket etc.
To use: Place 1-3 in the kindling/logs in fireplace
Hint: The thrifty way to find wax is to use old candles or check your local dollar store for the biggest candle they have! The two jars shown in the pot are half spent candles from the dollar store: already colored and scented like cinnamon! When wax is melted, use a fork to scoop out the wick and base, these can be saved for making homemade candles later;-)
By Starchild in VT
denise can you also tell me what & how you make the item you mentioned called "wax scented bears rag balls" i can't visualize what that is. its sounds pretty and intriging. would love to know or see a picture of them. thanks:)
I liked the many suggestions for using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. My problem was that I didn't have a good way to stuff the rolls and pour/dip them in wax. Then I remembered my camp craft class where we made paper baskets (this was a looong time ago!).
Use your wine corks for cheap fire starters. Just add a little alcohol on the cork. It works well.
We burn wood, and fire starters are not cheap. My husband laughs at me for some of my cheap ideas, but they work! I use the below in addition to the twigs and leaves and bark that are in the wood pile.
We shred our excess paper and use it as a fire starter.
Cut lid off the carton. Melt the candles and crayons on low heat. With hand protection, pour 1 inch of wax mix into the whole egg carton. Before it hardens, add the pine cones, fruit, spices, spruce sprigs, and such.
We are avid campers. Instead of buying those expensive fire starters, we make our own. Take a cardboard egg carton, fill each cup with dryer lint, melt old candle leftovers and pour into the cups over the lint.
There are lots of pine cones lying around on the ground at the moment. Use them to make free and very effective firelighters to light your woodburner or open fire. I soak them in used cooking oil to make them work even better. They smell great too.
By Mrs. Christmas from Slovenia EU
Wow. I've never heard of soaking them in used cooking oil before. A great way to recycle and make something needed! Thanks for sharing.
My son used to be in Boy Scouts and they loved to make a fire at night during the summer. For fire starters, we took the cardboard from toilet paper and taped one end shut. Then he filled the tube up with dryer lint and taped the end shut.
Make Christmas gifts by recycling egg cartons and dryer lint! Using a cardboard one-dozen egg carton, fill each hole generously with dryer lint. Using melted scented candles purchased at a yard sale, pour hot wax into each hole, filling 2/3-3/4 full.
I found this tip at make-stuff.com, it is a great site. "Fill an empty roll with dried leaves in the fall. Wrap it with newspaper, 4 inches longer than the roll, and twist the ends of the paper, for easy lighting. If you wrap them with decorative paper and put them in a basket they make a nice accessory to a fire place. They can also be covered with Christmas wrapping paper for the holidays." By Racer
I use dryer lint in a cardboard egg carton and drizzle old candle wax from scented candles that have lost their fragrance. Once it has cooled, I cut the sections of egg cradles to separate and put in a ziplock to keep dry.
Put that stale bag of Fritos to good use. Start a campfire with them.
Use cardboard egg cartons with stubs of birthday candles in the pockets. Tear off a few pockets, put a few candle stubs in the pockets, and build your fire OVER the egg carton pieces.
Save the lint from the dryer in a plastic container. In the winter months when the wood for the fire gets a little damp, use the lint under the kindling to get it started. Works great!
Recycle used toilet and kitchen rolls, fill with newspapers.